Asia Olympic Council Urges Indonesia to Keep Focus On Renovation

BY :PUTRA PERMATA TEGAR

JANUARY 28, 2015

Jakarta. After making an assessment during its Jakarta visit on Monday, the Olympic Council of Asia delegation sent a message to Indonesia: keep focus on renovation.

The OCA delegation made early inspection to the Jakarta International Expo at Kemayoran, Indonesia Convention and Exhibition at Bumi Serpong Damai and Gelora Bung Karno sports complex as part of its assistance to Indonesia in preparation to host the 2018 Asian Games.

The Jakarta International Expo will be used to host martial arts events while the Indonesia Convention and Exhibition will host volleyball, basketball and handball.

“Location wise, it’s a good place because it’s located in the town center,” said Wei Jizhong, honorary life vice-president of the OCA during Tuesday's press conference.

“But, Indonesia also needs to show its commitment in an authentic way as there are many venues that need to be renovated. The main task for Indonesia now is renovation and Indonesia needs to take its focus on that.”

Two venues need to be built are velodrome for track cycling and swimming pool. Initially, the Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI) proposed Jakabaring Aquatic Stadium in Palembang as a venue.

“Swimming pool in Palembang is good but it doesn’t meet our requirements. It’s not an indoor venue and the capacity is not as big as we want,” Wei said.

The Gelora Bung Karno complex, which was built in the 1960s when Jakarta hosted the 1962 Asian Games, will also require a major overhaul.

President of KOI Rita Subowo said Indonesia is ready to renovate the historical complex.

“Though it’s a historical site, we may make renovations there. We will do it to meet all requirements set by the OCA,” Rita said.

She added a year prior to the Asiad, Indonesia will host around 12 single events as a test before hosting the real event.

“The OCA also wants to give us a chance to host the Asian Youth Games. But, we need to discuss it.”

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